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2017/05/19 | Dr. Willy Wo-Lap Lam

China’s Global Power Projection Hit With 'Strategic Overdraft'

'Since coming to power in late 2012, Xi has repeatedly spun out bold and all-encompassing visions and schemes,' but Xi will need to 'prove that he can actually deliver on both his domestic and international pledges,' said Dr. Lam.

2017/05/16 | Joel Wuthnow

Xi's Grand Design: Recentralizing Power in the PLA

An important test of Xi's ability to manage the army bureaucracy will come over the next few years as PLA reform deepens.

2017/05/15 | Dennis J. Blasko

Shades of Gray: China is Changing the PLA’s Ground Combat Units

The long-awaited changes in the operational and tactical units of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have begun with a formal announcement by President Xi Jinping (習近平) in April 2017.

2017/05/10 | The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

Who Is Ready to Play Chicken in the East China Sea?

In the face of steadily increasing Chinese pressure, Japan is taking steps to bolster its defense and coast guard capabilities in the Southwest Islands — those territories nearest to the Senkakus.

2017/05/01 | The Japan Times

Why Asia is Wary of China’s New Aircraft Carrier

China's military developments are incompatible with its claim to a ‘peaceful rise' and its argument that its military buildup is aimed at self-defense.

2017/04/27 | Toshiya Takahashi

Japan's Slow March Back to State Control

Japan’s constitutional revision debate masks silent state control, writes Toshiya Takahashi.

2017/04/25 | The Japan Times

Japan and the Ability to Strike Enemy Bases

If Japan has developed capabilities to attack enemy bases, the incentive for North Korea to hit Japan before Japan hits it would be even greater.

2017/04/25 | Peter Wood

Philippines Choose Chinese Investment Over Territorial Defense

Duterte’s acceptance of Chinese investment in exchange for not challenging territorial claims has important security implications for the rest of Southeast Asia.

2017/04/05 | Lauren Dickey

Taiwan’s Search for Security Partners: Looking Beyond Washington

While Taiwan’s defense will continue to benefit greatly from the relationship with Washington, such ties should not preclude Taiwanese efforts to look elsewhere for partners in similar strategic circumstances.

2017/03/31 | Aurelia George Mulgan

Should China Turn Its Back on North Korea?

Recent developments in North Korea’s nuclear missile capabilities suggest that it will soon join the ranks of nuclear-armed states outside the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, along with Israel, India, and Pakistan. These countries present a nuclear reality that the United States thus far has been prepared to live with rather than try to reverse.

2017/03/28 | David C. Logan

The Evolution of the PLA’s Red-Blue Exercises

The recent reforms to the military’s Red-Blue exercises will likely help improve the training and operational capabilities of the PLA, as well as the Chinese military’s own understanding of the tactics of potential foreign adversaries.

2017/03/21 | Peter Wood

Snapshot: China’s Eastern Theater Command

Despite the many changes that China’s military strategy has undergone, it is unlikely that the Eastern strategic direction will lose importance anytime soon.

2017/03/14 | Andrew S. Erickson, Kenneth Allen

China’s Navy Gets a New Helmsman (Part 1): Spotlight on Vice Admiral Shen Jinlong

It remains unclear if Shen’s appointment to PLAN commander was influenced decisively by inter-service rivalry, a choice by Xi Jinping, the promotion system or some combination of factors.

2017/03/07 | Veasna Var

Cambodia Jumps on the China Defense Bandwagon

Cambodia favors Beijing because Chinese assistance comes without interference.